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Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic interests of Classic City News. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

Our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.


Privacy Policy

It is important that visitors to our site understand what information we gather about them, how we use it, and how we work to protect it.  We do not collect any information beyond the name and email an individual provides during sign up for newsletters or alters. Classic City News will never share or sell your personal information with a third party.


If you have any questions regarding our Privacy Policy or our use of your information, please email


Advertising Acceptability Policy

At this time, Classic City News does not accept advertisements.

Classic City News (CCN) reserves the right to accept or decline any advertisement or sponsorship it is offered.

CCN will decline to accept advertising that it knows or believes to be misleading, inaccurate, fraudulent or illegal, or that fails to comply, in CCN's sole discretion, with its standards of decency, taste or dignity.

CCN, like all quality publishers of original journalism, maintains a clear separation between news and advertising content.  Advertising that attempts to blur this distinction in a manner that, in CCN's sole judgment, confuses readers will be rejected.

Note: Conflict of Interest policies such as this are usually internal documents for staff and board members, but in the interest of transparency, INN recommends news organizations consider posting their conflict policies for public review as it provides readers with further insights into the ethics and news practices of your organization. 

Editorial Policy:

Classic City News reserves the right to refuse any letters to the editor that are deemed incendiary, promoting misinformation about health or public safety, or ad hominem attacks.

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In 2017, Joe Johnson, CCN Publisher, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor caused by amyloidosis. Joe is the 31st person in documented medical records to be diagnosed with this type of tumor. Joe underwent a brain biopsy at Emory University. The tumor was too large and diffuse to remove and he spent the next month in the hospital recovering from the surgery. He underwent intensive physical therapy to regain his ability to walk and improve his speech and then had 6 weeks of radiation therapy to slow the growth of his tumor. Joe continued to work during his recovery and treatment because he never wants to miss breaking news in Athens.

Joe continues to need on-going medical treatment, MRIs, physical therapy, and pain management. The tumor has left him with partial paralysis on the left side of his body. Classic City News does not take advertisements or revenue beyond $5 monthly subscriptions to cover the costs of maintaining the website. If you would like to support Joe personally and help defray the costs of his medical bills, you may use the PayPal link supplied on the page. We appreciate your support and especially your readership. No matter how tough of a day Joe is having, he always says, "I have to get out at least one story today." Thank you for being there to read that story.

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